‘Ignore call for jihad’

  • Nation
  • Friday, 21 Mar 2003

PUTRAJAYA: Muslims in the country must refrain from taking up the “call for jihad” by certain parties following the US-led bombings on Iraq. 


Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdul Hamid Zainal Abidin urged Malaysians not to panic and to face this latest turn of events objectively. 


“The concept of jihad is very wide. We don’t have to go in the physical sense and fight along with the Iraqis while their country is being besieged by the United States. 


“Both Malaysia and our Prime Minister have voiced their views against the war on the international stage and the whole world knows our stand on this matter. This is a form of jihad as well,” he told reporters after attending the first-ever meeting of the National Ulama Consultative Council held here yesterday. 


Abdul Hamid said the Malaysian Government and the People's Alliance for Peace Malaysia had not hesitated in offering food and humanitarian aid to Iraqi war refugees and victims. “This is also a form of jihad. We are very clear on what we should do to reduce the suffering of the Iraqis,” he pointed out. 

The meeting, which was attended by the country’s top Islamic scholars and also foreign clerics, and chaired by Acting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, had to be stopped at around 11.30am on news that Iraq had been bombed. 

Abdul Hamid was commenting on the possibility that certain parties like PAS or other Islamic groups might urge their members to wage jihad against the US-led coalition as a way of helping Iraq. 

Abdul Hamid also said the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) had been directed to hold sembahyang hajat throughout the country to pray that Iraqis would be given inner strength to face the war and that they were spared from suffering. 

Later at a separate function, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the US had unilaterally violated international law in its attack on Iraq.  

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